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Mental Health Collaboratives



Brochure (Updated 9/2014)


Under the direction of the Mt. Diablo Unified School District (MDUSD) and Contra Costa County Children’s Mental Health the Mental Health Collaborative (MHC) provides:

  • Special education classes with mental health support for elementary, middle and high school students who exhibit serious emotional, behavioral and mental health problems
  • Mental health therapy and case management for identified special and regular education students

The intent of the MHC is to help students learn how to:

  • Increase personal resources for coping and creating successful relationships at school, home, and in the community
  • Decrease maladaptive symptoms that interfere with functioning
  • Develop coping strategies to maintain in the least restrictive setting to meet educational and mental health needs
  • Increase independence
  • Transition to a less restrictive educational setting

The MHC emphasizes:

  • Academic skills following grade level standards
  • Individual learning styles
  • Building relationships, family and community partnerships
  • Unconditional regard

The teaching process consists of:

  • Individualized instruction
  • Small group setting
    • Elementary:     9 students
    • Secondary:       11 students


The services providers collaborate to provide case management, counseling, and other related services based upon the individual education plan (IEP) to assist each student in attaining success. Students and families may have access to a mental health therapist, school psychologist, mental health assistant, special education classroom teacher, special education assistant, milieu coordinator, behavior specialist, speech and language pathologist, adaptive physical education teacher, occupational therapist, transition specialist, Workability I caseworker, and also wraparound services and Parent Project.

Consultation and Collaborative Services

MHC support staff consult with parents, families, and other professionals, i.e., County Mental Health clinicians and supervisors, private therapists, physicians, probation officers and wraparound team facilitators.


  • For entrance into all MHC classes, there is one referral process, the Triage process
  • Triage Referrals are made by the IEP team including Psychologist and Program Specialist
  • Triage Referrals are submitted to the Triage Team in Wing D.
  • All MHC Classes require Educationally Relevant Mental Health (previously called AB3632) assessment and eligibility. The Triage referral is this referral.
  • For site specific school-wide therapist services, each site has a Coordinated Care Team referral process


Over 300 students are currently served by the MHC at eleven sites throughout MDUSD.


Bel Air: individual and group counseling for selected general and special education students provided by Fred Finch Youth Center (FFYC).

Sunrise: a counseling enriched program for five classrooms provided by School Psychologist and Behavioral Health Specialists I and II. Two intensive counseling enriched classrooms with BHS I & II

Sun Terrace: counseling enriched program (CEP) for alternative education and special education. Two classes supported by a school psychologist, part time social worker and behaviorist.



El Dorado: Counseling for 20 general and special education students provided by FFYC.

Valley View: Counseling for 5 students provided by Fred Finch school-wide therapist.

Pleasant Hill: three intensive counseling enriched classrooms with Seneca Center staff  for the student ready to return gradually to the mainstream,

Riverview: three intensive counseling enriched classrooms with Seneca Center staff. Additionally, counseling for general and special ed students provided by Seneca Center school-wide therapist.



Concord High: Counseling for 10 students provided by Fred Finch school-wide therapist.

Olympic: counseling for general ed and special ed students provided by a Behavioral Health Spec II.

Alliance: a counseling enriched program for nine classrooms provided by Behavioral Health I and II’s

FamiliesFirst: two intensive counseling enriched classrooms, (one intensive, one transition,) with FamiliesFirst/EMQ staff, at Mt. Diablo High.

Mt. Diablo: Mt D Collab - a mental health enhanced class for the students ready to mainstream with support from FamiliesFirst/EMQ staff. Counseling for 30-40 selected students provided by 2 FFYC school-wide therapists.



The Mental Health Collaborative, with unconditional regard, provides Mt. Diablo Unified students special education and mental health services in the least restrictive setting in order to prepare them to be independent and functioning students and citizens in their local communities.